The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers”. The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph. Our distances will be 4 – 8 miles and usually moderate elevation changes. We stop for interesting events (animals, plants, and scenery).
Regular departure time and place: The Lowe’s Home Center at the curb closest to and parallel with US 64. Start time is 9:00 AM. Please try to be there by 8:45 AM to allow time for sign-up, car arrangements (we usually carpool with a fee for the driver’s car), and visiting.
Hike leader: Richard Mayberry 828 884-4398 (h), 704 236-4398 (c), firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in trying these hikes but have questions please contact Richard Mayberry.
“All who wander are not lost.”–J.R.R. Tolkien
September 14 CAT GAP LOOP AND JOHN ROCK
6.2 miles, 1,200’ climb, R7, $2.00
Hiking counterclockwise we will hike Cat Gap via the short cut to John Rock trail. We’ll stop for lunch with a view and continue on the John Rock loop to Cat Gap and back to the Fish Hatchery.
*September 21 DUPONT FOREST, TRAVERSING FROM FAWN LAKE TO GUION FARM
8.2 miles, 1,000’ ascent, 1,100’ descent, R8, $3.00 car fee
We wander the shortest way, south to north in Dupont Forest. Either a key exchange or shuttle depending upon interest.
September 28 DANIEL RIDGE WITH EXTRAS
8 miles, 800’ ascent, R7, car fee: $2.00
From Cove Creek trail head we hike on a “user trail” over to Daniel Ridge, do the loop turning left on a logging trail to the apex of the Caney Bottom/Cove Creek trails, then back to our cars.
October 5 FLAT LAUREL CREEK – BIG SAM KNOB LOOP
5 miles, 900’ climb, R5, $5.00
From Big Sam parking on road 816 we hike out Flat Laurel Creek to a right turn onto Big Sam Trail, hike to the summit for lunch and return, completing the loop.
October 12 GRAVEYARD RIDGE LOOP
7 miles, 1,000’ climb, R7, $5.00
Parking on the side of highway 816 we hike on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to Graveyard Ridge Trail up to the restrooms. From there we return via the Pisgah Ridge “user trail”.
October 19 BENT CREEK FOREST RAMBLE, THREE
10 miles est. 1,100’ ascent est. R8, car fee: $5.00
A rough loop from Rice Pinnacle parking, we hike out Rice Pinnacle Rd., left on North Boundary Rd., left on Little Hickory Top trail, right on Boyd Branch Rd., left on Bent Creek Gap Rd. (479) to Ledford parking, then left on Deer Lake Lodge trail to parking. Note: These roads are more gravely, wide paths.
October 26 GORGES STATE PARK, RAINBOW FALLS, etc.
4.6 miles, 800’ ascent, R6, $3.50 car fee
From the trailhead go past Rainbow Falls to Turtle Falls and back. Lunch at Stair Step Falls.
November 2 MOUNTAINS TO SEA, GREEN KNOB TRAIL
6.5 miles, 700’ climb, R5, $5.00
A shuttle, from 215 near the BRP we hike SW on the MTS to Green Knob Trail, short distance
to lunch, then back to the MST to parking.
November 9 PINK BEDS
6.5 miles, 350’ climb, R3, $3.00
From Pink Beds parking we hike the loop. Option: start from Barnette Branch, add .6 mile
November 16 BUTTER GAP/CAT GAP LOOP
9.5 miles, 1,980’ climb, 1950’ descent, R9, car fee $2.00
A loop, from Fish Hatchery up Cat Gap to Butter Gap to Art Loeb to Cat Gap back
*November 23 PISGAH RIDGE/SKINNY DIP FALLS via GRAVEYARD FIELDS
4.5 miles, 500’ climb, R4, $5.00
Shuttle, start at the intersection of 816 and the BRP, hike Pisgah Ridge to Graveyard Fields to the MST to Skinny Dip Falls, lunch, then to the Looking Glass overlook.
November 30 S. MILLS TO BUCKHORN GAP TO BLACK MTN. TO BARNETT BRANCH TO PINK BEDS TO CONNECTOR
8 miles est., 1,000’ ascent est., R7, car fee: $3.00
A loop trail, note: there will be a short wade across Thompson Creek? just before returning to cars.
December 7 NORTH SLOPE/ART LOEB LOOP
8 miles, 1,700’ climb, R7, no car fee
From the Art Loeb parking we hike up North Slope to the North Slope Connector to the Art Loeb Trail completing the loop.
December 14 PANTHERTOWN HIKE
TBD It will be a longer “loop” hike traversing Panthertown from the Eastern side.
*December 21 MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL, LIBERTY BIKES – FOLK ART CENTER
8.2 miles, 1,150’ climb, 1,160’ descent, R7, $5.00 car fee
A shuttle with the idea of Christmas shopping at the Folk Art Center. We hike a short “user trail” from Diamond Brand store, turn left (northward) onto the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and hike to the Folk Art Center
December 28 BRACKEN MOUNTAIN LOOP, BLUE TRAIL
5 miles approximate, 800’ ascent, R6, car fee: $2,.00
Good winter, Christmas season hike. Maybe meet in a warm place after hike?
January 4, 2021 TWIN FALLS/CLAWHAMMER LOOP
6 miles, estimated 800’ climb, R7, car fee: $1.00
From Avery Creek Road hike in on Buckhorn Gap trail to Twin Falls returning via Buckhorn Gap to Clawhammer Cove.
January 11 ESTATOE AND NATURE TRAIL
4.5 miles, 213’ ascent, R2, no car fee
Out and back from Lowe’s parking, it is a “lollipop” hike to and behind the Forest Service building.
January 18 NORTH SLOPE VARIATION: FROM RANGER STATION
5 miles, 700’ ascent, R4, no car fee
A lollipop hike, with a short stick, from Ranger Station parking we hike clockwise through camping area with lunch at the Exercise Loop benches at Davidson River swimming area.
January 25 FLETCHER PARK/F. P. GREENWAY
4 miles, 57’ ascent, 44’ descent, R2, $5.00
From parking area we walk a figure eight returning. Lunch at Blue Sky Cafe afterwards.
* This is a shuttle hike.